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Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Postby RedRiver » June 3rd, 2012, 4:03 pm

I almost rented WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN from Red Box, but the machine wasn't working. Anybody know this one?

Oh, and Klinger...nice outfit!

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Postby MichiganJ » June 3rd, 2012, 4:58 pm

RedRiver wrote:I almost rented WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN from Red Box, but the machine wasn't working. Anybody know this one?


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Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Postby feaito » June 3rd, 2012, 11:26 pm

Watched the intriguing and thought-provoking 2011 film "The Adjustment Bureau" which uses a premise that reminded me of a Twilight Zone Episode from the 1970s or 80s. Matt Damon and Emily Blunt do a good job in altogether satisfying film.

I also watched the BLU RAY release of the restored print of "Lady for a Day" (1933), a great sentimental comedy by Frank Capra with May Robson as Apple Annie. I was introduced to the story when I watched the 1961 version as a kid, but this one is superior.

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Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Postby Mr. Arkadin » June 4th, 2012, 7:20 am

CineMaven wrote:MR. A., how can I trust what you say about Giallo when your fashion sense is all screwy


You must have missed this:

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Those are all seventies films btw. 8)

Seriously though, from the way this question was posed and answered, it seemed most people have the idea that films of the seventies are not on par with the previous decades and there were fewer (perhaps only ten?) good ones to choose from. This is a point on which I would strenuously disagree. Films of the seventies were not the same as what had come before (there was no longer a production code in America for one thing and the theater chains were collapsing), as you had many different types of films to choose from. Sure, there were plenty of lemons in there, but you'll find the same in the thirties or forties if you're honest and objective.

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Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Postby CineMaven » June 4th, 2012, 9:41 am

feaito wrote:Watched the intriguing and thought-provoking 2011 film "[b]The Adjustment Bureau" which uses a premise that reminded me of a Twilight Zone Episode from the 1970s or 80s. Matt Damon and Emily Blunt do a good job in altogether satisfying film.[/b]

I enjoyed that film very much. I think Matt Damon is really becoming a fine actor doing different interesting things (stay away from the Oceans, Matt). Emily Blunt is very very good ("Devil Wears Prada" "Dan In Real Life" "The Wolfman"- though I didn't really care for the film), and makes me think of Vivien Leigh (a tall order, I know) b'cuz of her depth. "The Adjustment Bureau" brought me to tears. Forget "Men In Black." Beware of Men with Hats. And look out for another up & comer: Anthony Mackie. I say to him, keep on keepin' on brutha. And stay away from Tyler Perry.

Mr. Arkadin wrote:...Seriously though, from the way this question was posed and answered, it seemed most people have the idea that films of the seventies are not on par with the previous decades and there were fewer (perhaps only ten?) good ones to choose from. This is a point on which I would strenuously disagree. Films of the seventies were not the same as what had come before (there was no longer a production code in America for one thing and the theater chains were collapsing), as you had many different types of films to choose from. Sure, there were plenty of lemons in there, but you'll find the same in the thirties or forties if you're honest and objective.

I agree with you. It's sort of the "accepted" general consensus that the 70's were blehhhh. (That would be the 80's). No seriously, I'm partial to the 30's & 40's and am not objective about it but filmmaking and plots really broke free in the 70's. I looked at a list of 100 "best" films of the seventies and found thirty-one that I really enjoyed. I'll list them here since I'm not sure where else to put that list. As I thought about the films on my list, I thought...yeah... Yeah, the 70's rocked. At least for me.

And by the by Mr. A., I loved the Filmbar 70 YouTube video shown here. Very well done. Those films look so stylized. Nice!
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Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Postby feaito » June 4th, 2012, 10:34 am

feaito wrote:
Watched the intriguing and thought-provoking 2011 film "The Adjustment Bureau" which uses a premise that reminded me of a Twilight Zone Episode from the 1970s or 80s. Matt Damon and Emily Blunt do a good job in altogether satisfying film.

I enjoyed that film very much. I think Matt Damon is really becoming a fine actor doing different interesting things (stay away from the Oceans, Matt). Emily Blunt is very very good ("Devil Wears Prada" "Dan In Real Life" "The Wolfman"- though I didn't really care for the film), and makes me think of Vivien Leigh (a tall order, I know) b'cuz of her depth. "The Adjustment Bureau" brought me to tears. Forget "Men In Black." Beware of Men with Hats. And look out for another up & comer: Anthony Mackie. I say to him, keep on keepin' on brutha. And stay away from Tyler Perry.


Theresa, I enjoy smart plots that tackle these type of subjects very much and I forgot to mention that Mackie as a "Guardian Angel" gives a sensitive performance. What made the difference with this film is that the strong performances aren't overshadowed by the special effects. What makes you remember this film is the well told plot due to the superb performances; the special effects are absolutely secondary and not the pivotal item like in so many other films.

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Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Postby RedRiver » June 4th, 2012, 10:39 am

Sure, there were plenty of lemons in there, but you'll find the same in the thirties or forties if you're honest and objective.

Absolutely. We remember the good ones. We enjoy discussing them. The truth is, in any era, there were probably more bad movies than good. In the studio era, they churned them out too fast. In later years, they simply had weird ideas as to what was entertaining. I know people who really like 70's films. It's their special interest. I'm not aware of a paricularly negative reputation.

It's the efforts of the last two decades that don't impress me. Sinking ships, flying robots, exploding zombies. There must be a story in there somewhere!

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Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Postby kingrat » June 4th, 2012, 12:23 pm

I think many critics consider the 70s a golden age of American films. Filmmakers, some of them quite talented, were free to explore previously forbidden subject matter, and some had more creative freedom than directors under the studio system. And yet, the more I watch TCM, the more I prefer films of the 40s, 50s, and early to middle 60s. As for the 30s, the Art Deco set design and the women's clothes are great, and there are some great female stars. Especially the pre-Codes seem to lack the equivalent male stars, and there are fewer directors whose work excites me.

We loved THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL. The theater was at least two-thirds full, and the audience applauded at the end. Thank you to everyone who recommended it. The review in our paper had been rather cool. Wendy, I completely agreed with all of your comments. Though some of the story developed in expected ways, how that happened was another matter. Of course the woman who makes racist remarks is going to change her tune, but I would never have guessed how this was going to happen. Much of the story was not predictable. The film has an emotional and philosophical depth not common in most of today's films--I don't consider this a simple "feel good" story. The cinematography was outstanding, and the editing, very important here, always worked to further the story and the emotional movement.

Maggie Smith was far from the obvious choice to play a working-class woman, and you might have expected Ronald Pickup and Tom Wilkinson to be cast in each other's roles, but it all worked. Judi Dench probably wasn't an especially pretty young woman, but she has become a beautiful older woman. I don't think I had seen Ronald Pickup since he played the younger son in the Olivier TV film of LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, or Penelope Wilton since she was so brilliant in a BBC production of MRS. WARREN'S PROFESSION, with Coral Browne equally great as her mother.

The screenplay introduced all the characters so easily, and I loved the clever way the director first put them together in the airport waiting room.

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Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Postby CineMaven » June 4th, 2012, 12:47 pm

I owe myself a couple of movies. Yes, the obvious blockbusters: ("The Avengers" "Snow White & The Huntsman") but it looks like I better get to the Marigold quick, fast & in a hurry. One good thing about being retired...you can have a gigantic 1000-seat theatre ALL to yourself!

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Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Postby RedRiver » June 4th, 2012, 12:58 pm

Let's not forget the story of our 16th president's little known avocation. ABRAHAM LINCOLN, VAMPIRE HUNTER! I understand it opens soon. And Obama thinks he has problems!

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Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Postby RedRiver » June 4th, 2012, 1:12 pm

I will probably see the new Spider-man movie. I'm a little tired of super heroes (as opposed to vampire chasing presidents), but The Lizard is my favorite Marvel villain. His image harkens back to the cheezy old horror films we like! I still haven't seen THE AVENGERS.

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Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Postby knitwit45 » June 4th, 2012, 1:15 pm

KR, did you watch Downton Abbey? Penelope Wilton was brilliant as Isobel Crawley, Maggie Smith's nemesis. She does disagreeable very well, doesn't she?

T, get thee to the Marigold!!!!!

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Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Postby kingrat » June 4th, 2012, 2:47 pm

Knitwit, I haven't seen any of Downtown Abbey. My loss, obviously. Penelope Wilton has mostly worked in the theater, I think. And thanks again for the recommendation of Marigold Hotel. I checked out a number of reviews at Rotten Tomatoes and was surprised by the ungenerous tone of many of them. Apparently the notion of a film which appeals to, as one reviewer put it, "AARP-eligible" viewers, is the ultimate cinematic sin. The word which turns up over and over again is "predictable." Gee, I must be the biggest dummy of all for not finding the film predictable. One reviewer did note that he thought of all the current films, this was the one likeliest still to be in theaters on Labor Day.

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Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Postby knitwit45 » June 4th, 2012, 6:06 pm

KR, if you know anyone who has the DVDs of Season 1 and 2, beg borrow or steal them! Ok, beg or borrow... Just the barbs between Lady Violet (Maggie Smith) and Isobel Crawley (Penelope Wilton) are marvelously witty. Actually, every time Lady Violet opens her mouth.....look out!

I assume the season 2 episodes will be shown just before season 3 begins (that's what they did with the season 1 episodes). Trust me, :wink: :wink: you'll be glad you did!

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Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Postby CineMaven » June 4th, 2012, 7:39 pm

RedRiver wrote:Let's not forget the story of our 16th president's little known avocation. ABRAHAM LINCOLN, VAMPIRE HUNTER! I understand it opens soon. And Obama thinks he has problems!

I must have had the brain of a seventeen year old boy melded onto my own, because I definitely am putting ABE LINCOLN on my list.

feaito wrote:Theresa, I enjoy smart plots that tackle these type of subjects very much and I forgot to mention that Mackie as a "Guardian Angel" gives a sensitive performance. What made the difference with this film is that the strong performances aren't overshadowed by the special effects. What makes you remember this film is the well told plot due to the superb performances; the special effects are absolutely secondary and not the pivotal item like in so many other films.


You’re right Fernando. It all boils down to the story wrapped around these sfx. By the by. Anthony Mackie will be in “Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter.” Hey...an actor’s gotta make a living too.

knitwit45 wrote:T, get thee to the Marigold!!!!!

Yes ma’am. I heard the worst news...that Dame Judi is losing her eyesight.

RedRiver wrote:I will probably see the new Spider-man movie. I'm a little tired of super heroes (as opposed to vampire chasing presidents), but The Lizard is my favorite Marvel villain. His image harkens back to the cheezy old horror films we like! I still haven't seen THE AVENGERS.

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